Projects

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  • R&D Survey
  • Business Innovation Survey
  • Agricultural Business Innovation Survey
  • Survey of Innovation in the Informal Economy
  • Engagement and Inclusive Development: Building the Interactive Capabilities of Universities and Science Councils
  • R&D in State-owned Enterprises
  • Baseline Survey of IP and Technology Transfer, 2008-2014
  • National Survey of R&D in Agriculture 2010/11
  • African Innovation Outlook 

R&D Survey

The South African National Survey on Research and Experimental Development is a flagship annual project for CeSTII, which it performs on behalf of the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). Each year the R&D Survey team reports the latest available data on R&D expenditure and performance across five sectors: higher education, science councils, government, business, and not-for-profit organisations. Statistics are used in the development of science policy to set government R&D priorities and funding levels, and for monitoring and benchmarking purposes.

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Business Innovation Survey

South African business innovation surveys, which are performed by the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) on behalf of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), measure the extent of innovative activity in the industry and service sectors of the economy, and are based on the guidelines of the OECD/Eurostat Oslo Manual  and the core EU Community Innovation Survey (CIS). Following international methodology allows the results of the South African surveys to be usefully compared with the results from other countries.

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Agricultural Business Innovation Survey

In 2018/19, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) was commissioned by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to conceptualise and undertake a baseline study that measures innovation within agricultural businesses in South Africa. 

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Survey of Innovation in the Informal Economy

In 2019/20, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) kicked off fieldwork on a baseline survey of innovation in the informal sector, on behalf of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

*Note: Results from this project are expected to be published in the 2020/21 financial year.*

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Engagement and Inclusive Development: Building the Interactive Capabilities of Universities and Science Councils

With funding from the National Research Foundation, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) started a project in 2017 to explore ways for universities and science institutions to better engage at the community level and contribute more to change in their local settings.

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R&D in State-owned Enterprises

In 2017/18, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) delivered baseline research › on R&D levels in South African state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Building on this foundation, the Centre is currently engaged in in-depth case study research of selected SOEs, exploring their R&D and innovation capabilities. 

Baseline Survey of IP and Technology Transfer, 2008-2014

In early 2017, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) worked toward the completion of a research partnership project involving the Department of Science and Technology (DST, now DSI), the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), and the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). The South African National Survey of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer in Publicly Funded Research Institutions: Inaugural Baseline Study (2008-2014) › was launched at the Innovation Hub on 12 April 2017.

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National Survey of R&D in Agriculture 2010/11

The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) was commissioned by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to develop a "snapshot" of agricultural R&D and other science activities during the year spanning 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011 (2010/11). 

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African Innovation Outlook

The African Innovation Outlook (AIO) project was launched as a first of the series aimed at publishing STI indicators in Africa. Researchers from the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) contributed to AIO II (2014) and AIO III (2019)